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Today’s Hours: 7:00am – 1:30pm

Xerophilous Schedule

xerophilous schedule
Garden Tours
TimeSaturday, April 6Sunday, April 7
9:00amTribute Garden
Meet at the front of Australian Adventures and Ethnobotanical Garden 
Africa Acacia Tour
Meet at Madagascar Garden Pathway
and Chaiken Nutrition Center
10:00am Upper Colorado and Mojave Gardens
Meet at the front of Australian Adventures and Ethnobotanical Garden 
Native Bee Garden
Meet near the Desert Plant Conservation Center
11:00am
Baja Garden
Meet near the Desert Plant Conservation Center
Eastern African and Madagascar Gardens
Meet at Madagascar Garden Pathway
and Chaiken Nutrition Center
12:00pmChihuahuan Garden
Meet near the Desert Plant Conservation Center
Rhino Savanna
Meet at Madagascar Garden Pathway and Chaiken Nutrition Center
1:00pmSonoran Foothills/Jaguar Habitat
Meet near the Desert Plant Conservation Center
Palm Garden
Meet at Madagascar Garden Pathway
and Chaiken Nutrition Center

Speakers

Meet at the Conservation Station on Rhino Savanna.
*schedule subject to change

TimeSaturday, April 6Sunday, April 7
9:00amDesert Pollinators
Dr. Kaleigh Vitchez-Russell, Professor at College of the Desert Biology Professor
Permaculture for Xerophilous Gardens
DiHG Eco-Prise:
Vanessa Encinias
Susan Forgrave
Susan Krings
Rose Morisoli
10:00amGetting to Know Our Native Plants
Jennifer Hudson, Desert Naturalist
The Four Plants Every Desert Garden Should Have
Lisha Astorga of Desert Straw House Native Plant Nursery & AirBnB
11:00amSaving Nature’s Most Precious: Rare Plants of the Colorado Desert
Katie Barrows of California Native Plant Society, Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter
Not a Barren Wasteland, the Incredible Biodiversity of the California Deserts
Dr. Cameron Barrows, PhD, Conservation Ecologist, EmeritusCenter for Conservation Biology at University of California Riverside
12:00pmHabitat Restoration
Dr. Luis Ramirez, Curator of Conservation at The Living Desert
Desert Plants and Black Rhinos:
Feeding a Megaherbivore

12:00pm Jared Moeller, Animal Care Curator at The Living Desert

Composting at The Living Desert
12:30pm Shanna Winters, Assistant Conservation Scientist
1:00pmOswit Land Trust: Saving Wildlife One Acre at a Time
David Paisley, Community Engagement Ranger at Oswit Land Trust
Choose Native Plants:
Create Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard

Brad Hardison, UCCE Master Gardener of Riverside County and Certified CA Naturalist

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Ticket Prices

Tickets must be purchased in advance in order to maximize your time for fun!

Age and Prices

Adult

(General Admission, Ages 18+)

$39.95

Child

(General Admission, Ages 3 – 17)

$29.95

Military Discount

(Active & Retired)

$37.95